Brigadeiro translates into what would be a Military General in English, and this particular treat was named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, who was famous for defeating a communist coupe. This was actually created for him during his first campaign as president back in 1946-1950, and was first referred to as "docinho de brigadeiro" or "General's Little Sweets." Over time, Brigadeiro stuck as the official name for it.
Today Brigadeiro can be found at any festive gathering, birthday party, deli, bakery, or any children's event. It is the most popular of sweet treats in Brazil, and there are actually quite a lot of variations of it. I will probably post a lot of these variations closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, which would be a good time to share some of these newly learned treats with family. I once made Brigadeiro for everyone at my son's 3rd birthday party that we had in the United States, and that year it became a traditional staple in my US family's Christmas cookie platter. It really is that good. So easy to make!
So here's what you will need:
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated!)
- 1 tbsp of butter or margarine preferably with no salt added (though honestly, I make it all the time here in Brazil with salt added margarine because it's cheaper than the no salt added, works just fine!)
- 4 tbsp of cocoa powder OR 7 tbsp of any chocolate drink mix powder
- Tiny cupcake liners-- tiny. I found them at Schnucks while I was in the states, so I know you can get them at a normal grocery store. I found them around where they sell icing dispensers and sprinkles and such.
- Wooden Spoon
- Any pot.. non stick is good, but I don't use non stick here in brazil and I just let the pot soak in water for a bit after I use it.
- 1 cup of chocolate sprinkles
- OPTIONAL - small fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raisins, nuts, etc. you get the idea, that can be covered with the brigadeiro and rolled into a ball. Very yummy option indeed.
|This is not ready yet. See how it sticks to the sides? It should start pulling off of the pan when it is ready.|
|See how it has started to pull away from the pan? It's ready to take off the fire.|